One of the more common problems we treat in the office are ingrown toenails. An ingrown toenail is when the side of the toenail pushes up against the skin on the side of the toe causing redness, inflammation, and pain. Ingrown toenails are usually caused from injury to the toenail. This could be caused from somebody stepping on a toe, a tight-fitting shoe, or sometimes improper cutting of the toenail. What we usually recommend in cutting of the toenails is straight across, leaving the corners alone. We find when people trim the corners of their toenails, they can actually leave a piece of the toenail under the skin that can start the problem.
In treating ingrown toenails, we remove a small portion of the toenail under local anesthetic. This is a five-minute procedure done in the office. The recovery time is very quick; there’s mild pain afterwards, and people can return to their activities the same day.